Saturday, October 11, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 4 - Jamaica Station

This was such a cool station that I decided to dedicate an entire post to it! Jamaica is the hub of the Long Island Railroad, has a connection with the Airtrain to JFK Airport, and has a subway station (with the overly long name of Sutphin Boulevard - Archer Ave - JFK Airport) served by the E and J lines. In fact, it's one of the busiest railroad stations in the world, with over 200,000 daily boardings and over 1,000 trains passing through every day.


The Long Island Railroad station is pretty huge, and very striking from street level. It's eight elevated tracks, with a huge steel glass canopy over them. The station is also home to the most useless moving sidewalk ever, as you'll see in a little bit...

Look at that! It's beautiful!
Not as beautiful.
The platforms themselves are fairly standard.
Under the canopy.
The mezzanine.
A train coming...
...and leaving.
Here it is, folks! Why would anyone ever use this?
We didn't spend much time at the Airtrain station, since a lot of it was beyond fare gates. We were going to take a joyride to the airport, but five bucks is way too much for something so short. The area we did see was very nice, though.

Very bright and airy.
I have no idea what a piano has to do with anything, but that's very cool.
The subway station, on the other hand, was nothing special. It wasn't as dingy as some of the ones in Manhattan, but it was pretty darn dingy.

The mezzanine is kinda nice, I suppose.
Look at that crowd! Good thing we weren't taking the E. The J boards on a lower platform. 
A work train. 
Ugh. I suppose that mosaic adds color.

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